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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various evergreen shrubs or plants of the genus Pittosporum, native to the warmer regions of the Old World and grown as ornamental or hedge plants in the southern United States and Pacific coastal states.

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  • n. Any of many flowering plants of the genus Pittosporum

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, type of the order Pittospore├Ž, characterized by the thick wingless seeds, and thick loculicidal capsule, which is coriaceous or woody, globose, ovate, or obovate, often compressed and with imperfect partitions.

Etymologies

New Latin, genus name : Greek pissa, pitta, pitch + New Latin spora, spore; see spore.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I chose this variegated pittosporum, which is hardy and long-lived.

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  • Overhead, the molecules of dialectic conference accumulate in the upper branches of pittosporum trees the birds sip on peppermint mochas and despair of large organizations.

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  • The bush looks like pittosporum with green blossoms.

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  • Or perhaps the orange blossom like aroma of some pittosporum blossoms.

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  • There is no mention of pittosporum on the garden's map.

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  • * My eyes scan the olive trees and the citrus-scented hedge of pittosporum next to the boules* court before settling on the pelouse* below where they catch on an ant as it marches along the top of a bent blade of grass.

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  • Great care has been lavished on the garden of yellow and pink cactus flowers, fragrant pittosporum shrubs and sand lilies.

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  • Less conspicuously lettered to the right of the brown metal entrance doors, and partially obscured by pittosporum bushes are the words police department.

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  • There are hedges of pittosporum, arbors veiled by passion-flowers, and two of that most beautiful of all living trees, the _araucaria_, or Norfolk Island pine, -- one specimen being some eighty feet high, and said to be the tallest north of the equator.

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  • And the creamy scented blossoms of the dark pittosporum trees,

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